A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state, Hon Banji Okunomo has said that the party’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede can’t fly in the forthcoming election.
Okunomo who had since defected to the Zenith Labour Party ZLP, contested with Jegede in the party’s governorship primary and lost. He came fifth in the election.
He insisted that Jegede was wasting his time because its not yet the turn of his central senatorial district to produce the governor.
Recall that Jegede’s kinsman and the Minister of State for Niger/Delta Affairs, Chief Tayo Alasoadura had also echoed the same that Jegede was wasting his time contesting in the forthcoming election.
However, Okunomo while speaking with ZLP supporters in Okitipupa said ” As a matter of fact, I’ve always maintained my ideological stand on issues, I don’t go by the crowd. By Alasoadura statement and coupled with what people are saying, the race is between the APC and ZLP.
“Majority of us who were working for the PDP then have abandoned the PDP now, leaving only the party structure loyal to Jegede.”
“If you look at the campaign of the PDP, you’ll discover that the PDP candidate,Mr Eyitayo Jegede goes to the market area for his campaign where he can enjoy the natural gathering of people because people gather in market areas or motor parks, but if it’s about people coming out to embrace the party, the PDP has lost out in this contest in Ondo State.
“Maybe next time, the party will learn because this same error was committed in 2012 when they fielded Chief Olusola Oke from the South as at the time it was not the turn of the South to produce the governor, the same error was repeated in 2016 when Eyitayo Jegede himself was nominated from the Ondo Central after 8years of Dr Mimiko from the Central as the governor of Ondo State for uninterrupted 8 years which both resulted to the failure of the PDP in the two circumstances.”
“Now, PDP has again picked from the wrong zone, Ondo Central and the people are saying NO, including a minister who is their son from Akure”.
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